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What's In The New Downtown Library Design?

I've only been living in the city for a year and a half and just recently visited the central library. I've been following the discussion about the new library for a few months, and to be honest haven't wanted to walk into the current branch because I didn't want to see what shape it was in. I had a chance recently to do some volunteer work for Special Collections at the central library. The inside of the current building did not look that cluttered or over-capacity to me, so I can almost see why people think the small, outdated facility is adequate. But as part of my volunteering, we got to tour the basement levels. Most of the books are in the basement, closed off to the public! The basement levels are dark and hard to navigate; even the hundreds of shelves in the basement are full and overflowing onto carts. Most of the library's collection, as well as a number of pre-1900 newspapers and periodicals and local history records are not browseable or easily used by the public; I'm sure a lot of the collection is in poor shape from being stored like this. The library, both in staff and in holdings, outgrew its current building DECADES ago. I'm honestly ashamed to live in a city that would allow this. Our branch libraries are important for circulation but if we do not support our central library, we lose all of this history and we lose the organization and cataloging that keep the branches alive. Free the books (and the librarians!!) from the book warehouse!!

November 18, 2009 at 12:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Library Dream Moves Forward

The money "would be put to better use paying off the outstanding debt on the ballpark and the convention center?" Aren't the ballpark and the convention center supposed to be producing their own revenue?

The city definitely need a new central library...not sure if it needs to be this exorbitant or as ugly as the plans are, but the current central library is a joke. Even if you yourself don't use the central library, all of the material in the branches goes through the central library first for processing. There would be no branches without the central library.

October 27, 2009 at 11:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tom Fudge Says Goodbye to These Days

Tom Fudge, These Days is just not the same without you!!

May 12, 2009 at 10:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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